Nissan Motor Corporation fully revealed its new compact SUV, Kicks, on Tuesday (May 3) in Brazil. The vehicle was first showcased in a private event held last week in the country.
Based on the V-Platform that also underpins the company's Sunny sedan and the Micra hatchback, the Kicks comes with a V-motion grille, boomerang styled head and tail lights, and floating roof. It gets beefier wheel arches and blacked-out A- and B-pillars. The compact SUV measures 4,295mm in length, 1,760mm in width and 1,590mm in height, and has a 2,610mm wheelbase.
The interiors of the car flaunt a Gliding Wing dashboard design that is dominated by a centrally-mounted seven-inch display housing an infotainment system with Smartphone connectivity. Nissan claims best-in-class passenger space in the rear despite the coupe-like roofline and spacious boot area. Another notable feature that the Kicks flaunts is the Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection, which use four on-board cameras to present a view of the car and to warn the driver of any unseen hazards.
"Kicks will offer best-in-class design, convenience and technological innovation. And, it will demonstrate Nissan's commitment to Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Kicks is a car to confidently take on the city," said Keno Kato, corporate vice president, product planning at Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., in a statement.
The SUV will be made at Nissan's plant in Mexico and imported to Brazil initially. Its local manufacture will start at the Resende factory later. The vehicle's entry in India is expected in 2017. It will be pitted against Hyundai Creta. The Kicks in India is expected to get a 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine borrowed from the Terrano SUV.